Tutors 2023-2024 - Westport Moms

Tutors & Education Services

While we are surrounded by amazing schools and terrific educational resources, many of us are may consider extra support for our kids at different times. While we know the school system is terrific, kids have a variety of needs, and fortunately, there are many amazing resources available locally (and remotely), which we want to share with all of you! If you are interested in being listed, please email us anytime at [email protected].

Allison Matthews
M.S. in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood
M.S. in Literacy Birth – 12th Grade; Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Contact Info: [email protected] / (516) 446-0789
  • Allison has 21 years of experience Teaching & Tutoring students in grades Pre-K- 8th grade.
  • Allison is trained in Fundations, Wilson Reading, Journeys, Orton-Gillingham, Singapore Math, Bridges in Mathematics as well as Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
  • Allison’s goal has always been to keep the students engaged while establishing a love for learning. It’s important to her that they enjoy what they’re doing and look forward to their time together.
  • Allison continues to work with many families over the years and loves being able to deliver direct instruction to students so that she can meet their individual learning needs. During the last few years she has worked with many local families, helping students to feel confident again in school & fill in any missing pieces across all subject areas.
  • Allison went back to teach again in 2021 for a year. She taught 4th grade and was able to learn a whole new skill set based on current learning standards that she’s now able to use with her students.
  • Licensed in Elementary and Special Education
  • Over 15 years experience classroom teaching Pre K- Grade 5 in private and public schools
  • Experience and training with Orton Gillingham, Teachers College Reading & Writing, Investigations Math and Responsive Classroom
  • Offers private tutoring, remote and in person Grades 1-8
  • Offers small group enrichment classes for Pre K-Grade 6

Beverly Makar- Elementary Tutor
Contact Info: Email: [email protected] / Phone: (203) 260-2669

  • Beverly is a Special Education Teacher who has taught elementary school students for 31 years.
  • M.S. in Special Education, Sixth Year Certificate; Special Education Major
  • Beverly’s experience and education has equipped her with numerous effective teaching methods.
  • Trained in multisensory, structured reading programs such as Wilson Fundations and Preventing Academic Failure.
  • Assessment of learning needs leading to individualized instruction and mastery of skills.
  • Beverly easily develops a warm rapport with her students and ensures an engaging atmosphere in which children look forward to their sessions.
  • Flexible tutoring times are available to best meet your child’s schedule.
Carly Ridloff – M.S. Ed and SpEd, Learning Specialist and Tutor, Founder of Edvance
Company: www.Edvancenyc.com
Contact info: [email protected] / (516) 697-7698
  • Carly is trained in Orton- Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Fundations, Stern Math, Sounds in Motion as well as Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. 
  • Carly’s strong knowledge base from a variety of curriculums allows her to create learning plans that are tailored to a child’s specific learning needs. 
  • Carly uses a multi-sensory learning approach which allows her to tap into all learning modalities, creating more learning success.    
  • Carly has taught in high performing charters schools as well as  privately for the past 14 years.  
  • Carly believes that joy, engagement, and high expectations are foundational to optimal learning and success! 
Peyton Risley Davis – Owner of Collegiate Academic Support
Company: Collegiate Academic Support
B.S. in Human Development in Learning
M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Contact Info: Email [email protected]
  • 15 years of experience of working with college students in various capacities
  • Peyton specializes in working with college students who suffer from ADHD, anxiety, and/or who need to create academic structure. She focuses on teaching self-advocacy, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Peyton creates a customized plan for each student.
  • Peyton offers virtual academic coaching sessions
  • Peyton is an IBBCES Board Certified Cognitive Specialist and Master IEP Coach ®

Dana Aussenberg – Learning Specialist, M.S. Ed School Counseling
Contact Info: [email protected] / (914) 262-2021
Website: www.danaaussenberg.com

  • Dana is a Certified School Counselor specializing in working with students grades K-12, teaching Executive Functioning skills including organization, time management, and study strategies.
  • Dana’s approach is grounded in relationship building and learning about her students. To achieve success, trust and connection are essential. For children to succeed both in and outside of the classroom, they need to know how to plan their time effectively, stay organized, and study “smarter not harder”.
  • Dana worked in NYC as a School Counselor at a 6th through 12th-grade school in Gramercy Park, and then worked at one of the nine specialized public high schools in New York City as a College Counselor. She went on to work for the City University of New York in a college transitions program helping students to develop problem solving, time management, and communication skills through a collaborative inquiry-based approach.
  • Dana has been working as a private Learning Specialist for over seven years and is happy to communicate with your child’s school to work as a team, ensuring that your child is continuously progressing.
Erin Berk– Elementary Tutor
Contact info: Email: [email protected] / (917) 862-8009
  • B.A. from University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education
  • Former 1st Grade Teacher at Dalton and High School Spanish teacher at York Prep
  • Specializes in Reading and Writing
  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Available for in person tutoring
  • Former High School Soccer Coach and Played College Soccer at UPENN
  • Flexible hours
  • Mother of 3 Teenagers
  • Westport Resident of 18 years

Laura Cooper: Elementary Learning Specialist and Tutor
MS in Early Childhood Education – Over 15 years working in Elementary schools as a classroom teacher, resource room teacher, assistant principal, director of elementary literacy for a school district of 18 elementary schools, and most recently, elementary literacy consultant and tutor.

Contact: Email: [email protected] | Website: https://www.lgclearning.com/
About Laura:
  • Laura believes that with a joyful, engaging, methodical and data-driven approach, all children can meet their potential.  She starts out by identifying areas of interest, strengths, and gaps in student skills and learning, and then goes on to create a tailored learning plan with curricular supports that best match your child’s learning style and needs.
  • Laura regularly communicates progress with parents and partners with the schools

Certifications and Trainings: 

  • Wilson Language Training (An Orton-Gillingham program)
  • UFLI Foundations
  • The Hochman Method (The Writing Revolution)
  • Reading Mastery Phonics
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
  • AIMS Pathway for Proficient Reading
  • Investigations Math
  • Cognitively Guided Instruction (Math)
  • DIBELS Assessment
  • Fountas and Pinnell
  • Reading and Writing Workshop
Lauren Field, MA – learning and reading specialist
Contact Info: [email protected] / (917) 751-3719
  • Lauren Field is a learning and reading specialist in Fairfield County with more than two decades of teaching experience. She has both her special education and elementary certifications.
  • Has a BA in early childhood development and a Masters in Learning Disabilities
  • Offering 1:1 tutoring sessions
  • Can conduct formal reading evaluations and reading screenings- using a combination of standardized and informal assessments to determine where to target instruction
  • Tutoring approach includes Orton-Gillingham and other research-based systematic, sequential, multi-sensory approaches targeted to address identified needs using a variety of materials, methodologies, and targeted support to differentiate instruction
  • Provides intervention and support in reading and writing
Meghan Emanuelson, LPC
Company: Thrive Therapies, LLC
Contact info: [email protected] | Phone: (203) 295-4405

Areas of specialization: psychotherapy for adolescents, teens, and college students, College consultation/post-high school planning and Executive Functioning Skills Coaching
Licenses: Licensed Professional Counselor (State of CT)
Education: MA in Counselor Education with a specialization in school counseling ; CAS in Educational Leadership

  • Evening and weekend therapy appointments available.
  • Meghan has been a school counselor and administrator for more than twenty years (grades 6-12, public and private).
  • She is the former the Director of Guidance for grades 6-12 in a top-ranked Fairfield County public school system and has guided thousands of students through the post high school planning process and assisted them in meeting with academic success along the way.
  • Sessions can be held in person at our Norwalk office location or via zoom.
  • Sessions tailored to students in grades 6-12.
  • Please refer to the website for more information and pricing or to schedule a brief call.
  • Evening and weekend therapy appointments available.

Nicole Heselpoth, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist

Contact Info: Email: [email protected] | (631) 236-2226

About: I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). I am fully licensed in both Connecticut and New York.

  • I have been providing speech-language therapy to students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for 10 years.
  • I spent 4 years working at Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport, before relocating to Long Island in 2019, where I currently work in a public school.
  • I am available to provide speech and language therapy virtually for 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions.
  • I can provide your child with support in the areas of articulation (speech sound production), grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, higher level language skills (i.e., figurative language, inferencing) or pragmatic language.

Noah Appleton, M.S.Ed Mathematics Education
Email: [email protected] | Phone: (917) 913-6284 (MATH)

  • 10+ years certified teaching experience and mathematics department head
  • Has worked in public and private schools and with clients in NYC, Westchester and Fairfield counties
  • Specializes in K-8 math education, Algebra, Geometry, and all sufferers of math anxiety
  • Accepting new students for 2021-22

Princeton Review
Contact Info: Visit www.princetonreview.com or call 800-2REVIEW

About Princeton Review: 

  • The Princeton Review has been offering 1:1 live, virtual tutoring for over 10 years in our award-winning online platform, and we are happy to help middle school, high school, and college students achieve their goals in over 30 subjects.
  • Click here to visit our website and see all academic tutoring options.

Sarah Caputo BBA Emory University, MBA Columbia University, UCLA College Counseling Certification
College and MBA Admissions Consultant, and founder of SRC Admissions Consultants.

Company: www.srcadmissions.com
Contact info: Email: [email protected]/ | Phone: (240) 475-0310
About Sarah:

  • Sarah has 11+ years of experience guiding high school students and their families through the complex and competitive process of applying to colleges and universities.
  • Sarah oversees every partnership and personalizes her approach to account for individual student needs and aspirations, and builds strong relationships with every student.
  • Sarah begins each partnership with multiple assessments and conversations, and then guides students through the college process which includes planning, campus visits and school selection, resume creation,narrative development and essay editing, mock interview preparation, decision making, ongoing support and professional development.
  • Sarah’s background in finance and management consulting and can guide students in exploring future career paths as well.  Sarah also served as the head of college admissions at Ready4 and works with students globally through their respective educational journeys.


Susan Robison
Literacy Specialist

  • Susan is an experienced, enthusiastic professional who has worked in the education field for 30 years.
  • Susan is a literacy specialist. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and is presently a mentor teacher with Literacy How, Inc.  She is responsible for training and coaching teachers in literacy along with providing literacy leadership to schools, school systems, and state initiatives.  In addition, Susan provides comprehensive literacy tutoring to students pre-K – 12th
  • Dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based instruction to meet students’ needs, ensuring success and positivity.
  • Offering 1:1 tutoring sessions.
  • Trained in a wide range of programs including Orton Gillingham, Writing Revolution, Core Knowledge Language Arts, and Wilson. Susan has expertise in reading, spelling, and writing instruction and will use a variety of materials and methodologies to differentiate instruction and support student growth.
  • Qualified to conduct reading screenings using a combination of standardized and informal assessments to determine student’s literacy proficiency & where to target instruction.
  • MA in early childhood and elementary education with a concentration in literacy from NYU.
  • Contact Susan at [email protected]

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